January 2, 2017 at 8:20 am #2523Team YOLO !Keymaster
Aged Monterey Jack is an ancient cheese.
It is a direct descendant of the cheeses of the Holy Roman empire, kept alive by European monasteries after the fall of Rome and brought over to California’s Central Coast by Spanish monks in the late 1700s.
Aged Monterey Jack is quite distinct from the mass-produced Monterey Jack one finds in American delis and supermarkets. Mass-produced Jack has a mild, creamy flavor and is a tasty ingredient in quesadillas and on hamburgers.
Aged Jack, on the other, is artisanally crafted by hand and aged for months or years. It has a crumbly texture, akin to parmesan cheese, and a richer, nuttier flavor.
Because its rind is toughened with age, it holds up great on hiking, backpacking and camping trips in the California wilderness. And it pairs well with dried figs, chocolates and medium Pilsner.
Schoch Family Farmstead
Schoch is the only cheesemaker that still churns out Monterey Jack in Monterey County proper.
Monterey Bay CFM
930 Fremont St, Monterey
near Steamer Lane
2798 Cabrillo College Dr, Aptos
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